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  Burns   Journal
January 2016

Good Medicine

       I force the lock open, skillfully manipulating the key and doorknob between my 2 free fingers and push the door in with my hip as I exhale a breath that feels like I've been holding it forever, and spill into the living room of my in-law's house. I'm grateful to give my arms a break as I allow the load to slide onto the table in an array of medical equipment, jackets, papers and left-overs from a lunch I didn't have a chance to eat.
       "Cody, are you here?" I let out the question absently, trying to gather my thoughts after the long 12-hour day. Today went better, but I still feel so shaken from Friday's shift...that last patient, we got there as fast as we could, we tried everything, but we were too late...So often too late...I shove the thought from my mind.
       "Cody?" I yell up the stairs. "BEAKERS!" comes the only reply. I let out a slight laugh and yell back to Jackie's parrot awkwardly in a gravelly voice for effect, "BEAKERS! HOW ARE YOU?" She responds by quacking, which I've noticed she resorts to when she's not sure how to copy what you did. I find this hilarious and kind of wish it was just as excusable for me to openly express that I have no idea what to do sometimes.
     I whistle the Star Wars theme song, loudly and obnoxiously (I've been hoping the parrot will pick it up before we leave) as I glance down at my phone and notice there's an active call that's been going on for 30 seconds. "whoops." I hurriedly hit the red "end" button, figuring they haven't had a chance to pick up yet, but I'm interrupted from my perusal through the fridge by a phone call from my supervisor.
    "Hi Beka, is everything ok? You called and I heard some strange noises..."
    "Oh thank you for checking...that was just me and the in-laws' parrot...having a conversation..." 
     Fortunately, my supervisor thinks this is hilarious, and I find my own weak laugh growing stronger as I apologize for the interruption and excuse myself to go marinate in shame.

      As I ponder the situation now, I notice the lightness I feel compared to the weight I was just mulling over a few minutes ago. "A joyful heart is good medicine." (Prov. 17:22). I know the verse, Lord, and my heart sure needs it. I guess it just surprises me that you can use something so small when I feel like I need the strongest of doses. But perhaps it's not that I need some huge, new joy to pull me out of discouragement. Perhaps all it takes is a small distraction from the discouragement...just enough to break my stare from what feels so bleak and draw my eyes back to what is so certain. Maybe all it takes is a parrot and a pocket call, Lord, if I allow it to remind me that you care when I'm hurting, you're handling the big stuff, and you are faithful to do a good job with it. You don't ask me to have it figured out; you ask me to trust you.  

"Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything."
(2 Corinthians 6:10)
Pictured above: Beakers (Jackie's parrot), Class, & Hiking in the Ozark area
  • We are currently training for Cross-Cultural Ministry with NTM. 
  • We finished our first semester in December; we have 4 semesters left 
  • We spent Christmas Break down in Florida, working and connecting with friends & family.
  • We're still seeking God's direction for where we will serve.

Thank you for supporting and praying for us!

We find ourselves enjoying, learning from, and being humbled by this training process daily.
Some classes we took:
Form & Meaning

Some classes coming up:
Foundational Bible Teaching
Field Health (yay!)
Please pray:
  • For focus and energy to take in everything God has to teach us here!
  • For clear direction from Him concerning where He wants us next.
  • That He will provide for our financial needs.
"The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest. Ask Him to send more workers into His fields."    -Jesus
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